What To Do About Extremist Speech by 60 Guilders
The question of what to do about extremist speech—or speech deemed extremist, which are two rather different things—is one that frequently bedevils people. The basic responses are threefold: Refute, suppress, or ignore. Each has its merits in certain situations—yes, even suppression, although its value is limited to dealing with speech that actively incites people to criminality.
This is relevant due to one of the interesting consequences of the recent election, which is the local furor surrounding a speech by Richard Spencer at Texas A&M University.
Now, for those of you unfamiliar with the fever swamps of the Internet, Richard Spencer—well, the polite way to say it is that he makes a certain expatriate’s views on racial issues look like those of our esteemed hostess. No, seriously. If you don’t believe me, try and make it through the first paragraph of this…
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